Top 10 Things To Do When Your Dog Goes AWOL

Posted by The Clawguard on

You’re sitting outside in your fenced in backyard, enjoying a cocktail with friends and watching your dog roam around your yard. It’s a warm evening, with a crescent moon and a few stars. All seems right with the world, until the unthinkable happens. Right before your eyes, your dog sees or hear something and just like that, uses the small chair or large rock to jump clear over the lowest part of your fence. Before you even realize what’s happened, your pup is out of sight, leaving your dumbfounded as to how this happened, and more importantly, how to get your dog back.

Whether it’s scaling a fence, getting loose from a leash, or dashing out the front door, a pet parent’s worst nightmare is the moment they realize their precious fur baby has gone missing. Having your dog go AWOL (absent without a leash) is one of the scariest and most dreaded moments of owning a pet. However, as helpless as you might feel, there are actually certain things you can do to help ensure your dog comes home or is returned to you as quickly and safely as possible.

Most importantly before it happens, make sure your dog has a visible tag with contact information. There are several great, inexpensive options.  We like PetHub tags because they provide an on-line profile where all your dog's information is stored along with multiple points of contact if you dog does go missing.

Here are the Top 10 to do when your dog goes AWOL:

  1. Stay Calm. Even though your heart is racing and you are desperate to have your fur baby back in your arms, you must stay calm. Many actions and decisions made while in a panicked state of mind can actually make the situation worse. So, the first thing you need to remember is to stay calm with a level head.
  2. No Running. If you see your dog, it’s never a good idea to run directly toward him. This can either scare your pet or make him think you’re playing. Both scenarios will have your dog running away from you, and most likely away from your home, thus having the opposite effect of what you desire.
  3. Have Your Pup Come to You. Remember those games you play with your dog that have him running to you? Now is the perfect time to use those games as strategies to get your dog to come to you. While running after your dog is a big no-no, having your dog run to you is the perfect way of getting your pup home quick and safe.
  4. Open Your Home. Many dogs will come home after they’ve had enough of exploring the street and neighborhood. Make sure your gates and doors are open to allow for easy access into your home. Otherwise, your pooch might come back and be as close as your front yard, but then without seeing a way in, may be easily distracted and run off again.
  5. Pull Out Your Dog’s Things. Dogs respond to scents, therefore putting out your dog’s favorite toys, food and bedding may entice him to come back, as well as, offer him a trail to follow as a direct path toward home.
  6. Bring Treats. This is the perfect time to bring out your dog’s favorite treats as a way of getting their attention and hopefully enticing them to follow you back home. If their favorite treat is the expensive one you only pull out on special occasions, this is the one to bring out now.
  7. Use a Slip Leash. A dog will often get scared or nervous when they are outside of their element. That’s why the easiest way to get your dog back under your control is a slip leash. While most leashes have a latch that must be clipped onto a collar or harness, a slip leash uses a loop system that easily loops over your dog’s head and then tightens when pulled, to act as a collar. It’s a simple way to get a loose dog back under your control, requires the least amount of fuss, and can be done from a slight distance if your dog is hiding under a porch or between two large objects.
  8. Hang Signs. Put up lots of signs throughout your neighborhood with a clear picture of your dog and your contact information. Do not include your dog’s name as that may lessen the chances of getting your dog back since dogs tend to be more welcoming and accepting of people who know their name. On the other hand, your neighbors can also be great assets in helping you find and get your dog back. Chances are, your neighbors are also your friends or even if they are just acquaintances, they know your dog, and more importantly, your dog knows them. So, if they see posted signs that your dog is missing, they will be on the look out for him, and will make an effort to corral him into their home or yard, to make it easier for you to be reunited.
  9. Rely on Friends and Shelters. Invite your friends and family to help you look for your pooch, and don’t forget to check local shelters. If someone who doesn’t know your dog finds him, there’s a good chance he will be taken to a local shelter where he will be put in a holding cell until he can be reunited with his owner. Unless your dog is microchipped and/or has a proper identification tag (both are highly recommended), the shelter staff will have no way of knowing who the dog belongs to and will need the owner to contact them to identify the dog.
  10. Be Patient and Positive. It may take a few tries and even several days to get your dog back home and safe in your arms. It’s important to stay patient and remain positive. Just like staying calm, being patient and positive will help you make smart decisions that will help ensure your dog’s safe return.

While there are no guarantees that you will be reunited with your lost dog, following these easy steps will definitely increase the odds in your favor. Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and so it’s important to believe that your dog wants to be back in your arms as badly as you want him to, and maybe even more so. It’s a big and sometimes scary world out there, especially for a dog who is lost and possibly scared or timid. As hard as it might be, these are the moments when you must be the clear, level headed adult, and make smart choices to hopefully get your dog back as quickly and safely as possible.

Read more →

June 25-July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness Week

Posted by Kevin Dixon on

Just like people, pets can experience anxiety. For an owner, it can be difficult to see your dog upset and not be able to do anything about it. A Clawguard can protect your door from scratching, but there's more to addressing the root cause of your pet's fear and anxiety.

June 25 - July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness Week, which hopes to raise awareness about the symptoms and behaviors associated with pet anxiety. Check out our infographic for common symptoms that may indicate your dog is feeling stressed:

How to tell if your dog is stressed

If you think your pet is struggling with anxiety, seeking help from a professional may be your best bet. These tips will help you find the perfect dog trainer.

With the summer season also comes fireworks, and even the calmest dog may feel extra stress with loud explosions shaking the house and strange lights outside. For anxious dogs, the 4th of July can be a nightmare. Plan ahead to make the holiday a little less stressful on your pets.

Looking for more info on pet anxiety? Check out these articles.

 

Read more →

5 Healthy Frozen Dog Treats to Make This Summer

Posted by The Clawguard on

With summer days right around the corner, keeping our pets cool and content is on every dog owner's mind. While shade and water are the most important to avoiding heat stroke and other heat-related problems, a frozen treat on a hot day can go a long way to helping pets stay cool. Not to mention showing them what a good boy they are!

We put together five of our favorite DIY dog treat recipes that combine healthy ingredients to make perfect frozen snacks for your hot dog.

 

SUMMER SURPRISE

DIY frozen dog treat with chewies inside

This ingenious frozen treat combines your dogs favorite chewies in a giant ice cube made from chicken stock. Fido will have a great time getting to the surprise center of this super easy summer snack. 

 

FROZEN YOGURT BITES

frozen yogurt dog treats

With just five ingredients, these frozen yogurt bites will go a long way toward keeping your pup happy and healthy. Just look at the dog waiting to gobble one up--pups love frozen yogurt!

 

PB & COCONUT SNACKERS

http://12tomatoes.com/coconut-oil-dog-treats/?utm_source=12t-12t&utm_medium=social-pin&utm_term=090715&utm_content=photo&utm_campaign=coconut-oil-dog-treats&origin=

Another super simple recipe, these yummy treats combine coconut oil and peanut butter for a scrumptious snack. It turns out coconut oil is great for dogs, too-- this superfood can improve their skin and coat and even help with itchiness caused by eczema and allergies. 

 

WATERMELON "PUPSICLE" POPSICLES

frozen watermelon dog treats

Nothing tastes better on a hot day that a cool slice of watermelon, so what could be better for your pampered pup than a frozen watermelon dog treat! Made with just two ingredients, these snacks look even cuter frozen into bone shaped molds.

 

FROZEN PUMPKIN DOG TREATS

Pumpkin frozen dog treats

Did you know that pumpkin is a superfood, packed with nutrients and great for digestive issues? Harness the power of pumpkin to treat your favorite pup! This super simple recipe makes for a healthy snack that'll have your dog coming back for more!

 

Do you have a DIY dog treat recipe that drives your pooch wild? We'd love to hear about it!

 

Read more →

Clawguard Supports Dogs Deserve Better

Posted by Kevin Dixon on

One of our favorite pet charities, Dogs Deserve Better is dedicated to freeing chained dogs and bringing our best friends back where they belong: into the home and family. DDB's mission is to free dogs through education, rescue and rehab, grassroots legislation, and fencing programs.

 

Many dogs are chained up for long period of time, and as a result they live without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Every dog who learns to stop scratching the door, is one more dog who is less likely to be crated or chained. 

At Clawguard we know it's not easy to find solutions when a dog shows signs of separation anxiety. Many dog owners crate their dogs and may tie them up as a last resort. Our door shield was created to help owners train their dogs to stop scratching the door. It's a tool that has helped many dog owners in their efforts to train the dog - sometimes one door shield can be the difference between a dog who listens and a dog who doesn't. 

Throughout the month of May, Clawguard will donate one dollar from each sale to Dogs Deserve Better. Buy your Clawguard before May 31 to participate in this fundraiser and help free chained dogs across the country!

Read more →

Win a Special Pet Portrait

Posted by Kevin Dixon on

Today we have a special story to share... and a giveaway! 

But first, a special story

Meet Kayla

Kayla has a heart for animals and an artistic flair - so naturally when she started painting, she painted pets.

In 2016 she started her official artist page & accepted commissions from many pet owners across the United States. Folks loved her colorful watercolors. She captured dogs, cats, big and small, and painted watercolor paintings so full of life & personality - everyone loved them!

adorable frenchie dog portraits

Kayla's life is full of animal love, particularly for bully breed dogs, of which she has three.

Meet Diggy

At the same time, not far away in Waterford Michigan, an American bulldog was getting a lot of attention. Diggy the smiling dog was adopted, after over 100 days in the shelter, he had found a perfect companion, and they both were full of smiles.

Diggy the waterford dog

UH-OH

After his photo went viral, Diggy was soon the center of a serious legal battle between Waterford Township police and Diggy's new family. The battle was over a law that banned "pit bulls" from the township.

You see, the police "decided that Diggy was a pit bull" and wasn't allowed. But Diggy is an American Bulldog, and his owners did everything they could to fight the unfair & unjustified new labeling of their dog.

"Waterford, Mich., is a township where certain dog breeds are outlawed, under a type of ordinance known as breed-specific legislation, or BSL.” - Washington Post

The world paid attention, petitions were signed by thousands of supporters, and the lawyers fought hard all summer to help Diggy stay home.

Around this time, Kayla was inspired to paint that smily dog Diggy and turn his portrait into something joyful, full of color and life, like Diggy himself.

diggy dog portrait artist

Not bad, huh?

GOOD NEWS

In September, the court case was dropped. Diggy will get to stay home, where he's happy and free. Hurray!

"Diggy The Dog Will Stay With His Family" - People.com

Kayla, didn't know Diggy's owners personally, but she wanted to gift them the portrait, so she shouted out to her friends on Social Media to see if anyone knew Diggy's owners. And sure enough, someone did!

Cue the happy reunion:

diggy dog home celebration

We're so happy this story has a happy ending!

Kayla's portrait business has continued to grow, thanks in part to the attention her Diggy portrait received. She's being recognized for her talent by new fans everyday, and enjoying drawing countless pets. Dogs, cats, etc. Her watercolor paintings are large - 11x14 or 16x20. Perfect for a nice large frame.

Giveaway

We are inspired to pay it forward to someone else who has a pet who makes them smile, laugh, and even occasionally take funny selfies together.

To enter,  follow the instructions below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

...then leave us a comment on the blog and tell us what's your pet's best feature: Gorgeous eyes? A goofy smile? Maybe a funny ear that sticks up? Every pet is pretty special <3

 

Note: Giveaway open to US residents only. Prize is an 11x14 or 16x20 original watercolor print. Apply by April 4th, 2017. Winners chosen at random from the pool of entries. See rules and how to enter above. Have additional questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to pr@clawguard.com

Read more →

Clawguard Blog

RSS

We love dogs, first and foremost. And we know that each dog has a unique story. Our Blog is a place to share those stories. 

Has your dog experienced separation anxiety? Have you used a Clawguard as a training tool to help you dog stop scratching a door? Used a Clawguard in a clever new way? We'd love to hear about it.

Send us your story and your dog could be featured in our next blog post.

Tags
charity Clawguard Stories Dog Behavior Dog Life Dog products Dog Training Dogs We Love Dogsofinstagram Featured Foster & Rescue Separation Anxiety